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Vladimir Kramnik vs Garry Kasparov
Kasparov - Kramnik Classical World Championship Match (2000), London ENG, rd 12, Oct-28
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Gligoric System Bronstein Variation (E55)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-26-06  Karpova: Round 12, Kramnik leading 2-0 and Kasparov has the black pieces. Another easy draw for Kramnik though the position after 33.Nc4 looks quite nice.
Nov-26-06  acirce: This game gave Kasparov one of his last realistic chances to try to reduce the score, but in spite of a relatively promising position he didn't manage to do anything with it. 31..Rc8! or 31..Qd6! would have kept the pawn and although it would still have been hard to win it would have been a good try. Time trouble for both players.
Nov-26-06  Karpova: Rybka 1.0Beta gives -0,60 after 31....Qd6 32.Nf1 Na4 33.Rd1 Qe7 34.Rc2 Rbb8 35.R2c1 at a Depth of 17

31...Rc8 32.Nc4 Nc4: 33.Rc4: Rc4: 34.Rc4: e5 with almost identical evaluation

Nov-26-06  Fisheremon: Round 12 and Kramnik could play on 12th move 12. Qe2 and develop a very strong pressure on the king-side wing of Black, e.g. 12...b6 13. Bb2 Bb7 14. Rfd1 etc.
Sep-11-08  Karpova: Bareev: <It's interesting that when Kramnik came back after the game, he was joined on the riverbank by five people who looked like drunks.>

Levitov: <What did they want?>

Bareev: <They probably wanted to mug him.>


Bareev: <But Kramnik messed up all their plans, he ran away. His physical preparation was excellent, thank God.>

Bareev, Evgeny & Levitov, Ilya: "From London to Elista", Alkmaar, 2007, pages 144-145

Sep-03-09  Hesam7: After 31.Bf3:

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Rybka 2.2 @ depth 20:

31. ... c4 32.R3c2 Re8 33.e4 Ba4 34.Rb2 Rxb2 35.Qxb2 Qc5 36.Qc3 Rc8 37.g3 Kh7 38.h3 (-0.43)

31. ... Rc8 32.Nc4 Nxc4 33.Rxc4 Rxc4 34.Rxc4 e5 35.e4 f4 36.Rc1 Be6 37.h3 Kh7 38.Rb1 (-0.52)

31. ... Qd6 32.Nf1 Na4 33.Rd1 Qe7 34.Rc2 Rc8 35.Nd2 Nb6 36.Rb1 Rxb1+ 37.Nxb1 Nd5 38.g3 (-0.58)

Apr-24-11  wordfunph: Kasparov quoted after the drawn game..

"I didn't think I could lose, it was my son's birthday!"

Jun-03-12  Kinghunt: 30...Qd6 may be even stronger than 31...Qd6.
Jan-05-17  nelech: I don't understand why did Kramnik take on a6 , opening the a file and giving Kasparov a passed pawn for free. Instead, 24 Rfç1 seems reasonable
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  Clement Fraud: <nelech> I think that if white does not capture black's pawn on a6 <24 bxa6>, and instead moves his Rook on f1 to somewhere, then black will play 24... Bxb5: Playing this - so far as I can see - will leave black two solid pawns up; and also, his two additional pawns would be connected and passed.
Jan-06-17  nelech: After 24 Rfc1 Bxb5 25 Bxc5 bxc5 26 Rxc5 and 27 Nd4
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  Clement Fraud: I see... so white immediately wins the pawn back in that line. In view of this, I'm at a little bit of a loss as to why Kramnik did not play 24 Rf-c1 ; unless, perhaps, there is something to the line 24... axb5 25 R4-c3, when maybe 25... Rxa3 26 Rxa3 b4 followed by 27... Ra8 ; I wonder if Kramnik felt discouraged by the lack of clarity in this line of play, so decided not to risk it (even though black's extra pawns would be doubled and isolated here)?
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  Clement Fraud: No no no... I missed it again: It's 24 Rf-c1 axb5 25 R4-c3 Rxa3 26 Rxa3 Nxe4! gets the job done nicely!
Jan-07-17  nelech: 24 Rfc1 axb5 25 Bxc5
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  Clement Fraud: Of course... missed it again! So might Kramnik's decision to not play 24 Rf-c1 have something to do with black's temporarily mobile passed b pawn (following 24... axb5); or did Vladimir simply miss the best move?
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  plang: In game 10 Kasparov had played 7..cxd; here he went for a different line with 7..dxc. 12 Be2 was a then rarely played gambit which Kasparov chose to accept. 13 Ba3 was a new move; apparent;y 13 Bd2 had been played previously (but not in this database). Kasparov effectively parried Kramnik's attempts to attack and Kramnik probably should have settled for equalty with 22 Nh4..Be8 23 Ng6+..Bxg6 24 Bxg6..b6; instead after 22 Ba3?! Kasparov started to take over the initiative. Kramnik had overlooked 23..a6! and after 24 bxa? he was clearly worse; better would have been 24 Rfc1..axb 25 Bxc5..bxc 25 Rxc5 and White will likely earn a draw. 29 Rxc5? was not possible due to 29..Bc6!. 30 Bb1? would have lost to 30..Ra8. In time pressure Kasparov was not able to take advantage of the promising position he had.

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